Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay 2017


Ray Jordan 98 Points!

“The best Chardonnay yet from Vasse Felix” - Ray Jordan!

Australia, WA, Margaret River
750mL
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“There is texture and richness but with control and finesse. Layers of flavours, with chalky acidity sustaining the remarkably long finish... A concentrated power-plus wine.”⠀


Ray Jordan, West Australian, 98 Points


 

"Elegant and composed, this ageworthy chardonnay has a pithy bouquet of grapefruit, lemon and fresh vanilla oak backed by briny, chalky undertones. It’s long and stylish, with a gentle but fleshy core of vivacious fruit that moves easily along a fine, chalky texture towards a brisk and appropriately taut acidity, finishing with persistent notes of fruit and smoked meats."


Jeremy Oliver, 95 Points, March 2019


 

"A selection of the most unique and striking vineyard sections, recognised for its innovative winemaking and distinguishing 'Heytesbury' character. 

 

Our most unique small vineyard sections where clone, aspect and soil interplay in such a way to ignite stunning varietal and wild yeast characters. A beautiful cool season saw Chardonnay picked three weeks later than the last 10 years, with elegant fruit perfumes, ideal sugar levels and high acidity. Malolactic fermentation was encouraged, though it is not an obvious feature of the wine. Due to the cool conditions, 52% of the fruit was Selectiv machine harvested to extract additional fine flavours from the skins before pressing. After settling for a short time, the cloudy juice was transferred straight to barrel. The remaining balance was hand-harvested, whole-bunch pressed and transferred direct to barrel as unclarified juice. The wine was fermented with only natural yeasts from the vineyard and remained in barrel for nine months with some battonage. The fruit was 100% Gingin clone from Wilyabrup and Wallcliffe. A very restrained vintage has produced a young wine that will blossom with time in bottle.

 

Elegant, fragrant notes of hazelnut, mealy wafer and brioche intertwine with grapefruit, hints of fine lemon pith and honey dew melon. Underlying tones of candlewax, champignon, ginger and fennel also play a part in this complex perfume. A satin light entrance builds to a long, tangy dry finish filled with delicate characters reminiscent of peach custard brioche, hazelnuts and candle wax, supported by fine lemon pith and anise."


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